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H-1B Visa Approval and Denial History for Every Employer Released

By Bill at April 13, 2019 01:45
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

We have just obtained from USCIS 10 year H-1B Visa approval and denial history(2009-2019) and published on our website. This is the first time U.S. government releases such data.

The database includes nearly 510,000 approvals and 41,000 denial for over 170,000 employers. While we are still analyzing and integrating the data, we believe it is very important for our users to have access to the data right away.

Many employers, including some top visa sponsors had large numbers of H-1B visa denials in recent years. Please use following link to search the data now!

http://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/ADHistory.aspx

We are working hard on developing more reports and integrate the data into employer profiles. We also will update the data at least once every quarter.  

H-1B Visa Application Process: Step by Step

By Bill at April 13, 2019 01:44
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. The H-1B application process entails the following steps. For more information, please visit our Visa Knowledge library.

  1. Employer Submits LCA to DOL for certification.
    The employer must apply for and receive Department of Labor(DOL) certification of an Labor Certification Application(LCA). more info
  2. Employer Submits Completed Form I-129 to USCIS.
    The employer should file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with the correct USCIS Service Center. The DOL-certified LCA must be submitted with the Form I-129. more info
  3. Prospective Workers Outside the United States Apply for Visa and/or Admission.
    Once the Form I-129 petition has been approved, the prospective H-1B worker who is outside the United States may apply with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad for an H-1B visa (if a visa is required). Regardless of whether a visa is required, the prospective H-1B worker must then apply to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for admission to the United States in H-1B classification.

H-1B season has begun, please use following links to search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly.

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.     

How to Ensure You Properly File Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition

By Bill at March 26, 2019 22:17
Filed Under: Tips and Features

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. Please check here to see the new rule that will go into effect on April 1.

It is your responsibility to ensure that Form I-129 is completed accurately and submitted properly. Please follow these steps to ensure your attorney or your employer properly file your H-1B cap-subject petition:

  1. Complete all sections of the Form I-129 petition, including the H Classification Supplement and the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement.
  2. Make sure each form has an original signature, preferably in black ink. Ensure all signatures comply with Policy Memorandum.
  3. Include signed checks or money orders with the correct fee amount. Please submit separate checks for each fee associated with the filing.
  4. Submit all required documentation and evidence with the petition at the time of filing to ensure timely processing.
  5. Ensure that the Labor Condition Application (LCA) properly corresponds to the position in your petition.
  6. You must file the petition with the correct USCIS service center. Read more on Where to Mail Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition.

Please also check additional documents required with your petition:

  1. Signed, certified Department of Labor LCA (ETA 9035), copy acceptable.
  2. Evidence of Beneficiary's Educational Background(with English translations when applicable).
  3. A Copy of the H-1B Petition, if the beneficiary will be applying for a nonimmigrant visa abroad

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.     

Top 10 reasons for H-1B RFE-Request for Evidence

By Bill at March 11, 2019 18:08
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge

A H-1B RFE(Request for Evidence) is an inquiry by the USCIS in order to request additional proof necessary to make a decisions pertaining to your H-1B petition. It can be for information about either the worker or the employer, or both, since USCIS must have proof of a valid employer-employee relationship.

From the time you receive the RFE through mail or email, you have 90 days to submit the appropriate documents and you should take great care to ensure that you are thorough in answering all inquiries.

Following are the top 10 reasons why USCIS may issue an RFE, in order from most to least common, that RFEs were issued in fiscal year 2018 for H-1B petitions. read detailed explanation.

1. Specialty Occupation
2. Employer-Employee Relationship
3. Availability of Work (Off-Site Work Cases)
4. Beneficiary Qualification
5. Maintenance of Status
6. Availability of Work (In-House Work Cases)
7. LCA Corresponds to Petition
8. AC 21 and 6-Year Limit
9. Itinerary
10. Fee

For more information about H-1B Visa REF, please read USCIS document: Understanding Requests for Evidence (RFEs): A Breakdown of Why RFEs Were Issued for H-1B Petitions in Fiscal Year 2018

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.     

How to Get Your H1-B Visa Petition Approved

By Bill at October 20, 2018 02:40
Filed Under: Tips and Features
In fiscal year 2017, USCIS approved nearly 385,000 H-1B visa petitions and denied about 83,000. Following are the most common reasons for the denials of those petitions, please read carefully and check employer LCA denial history.

  1. The employer does not appear to be a real, established, operating U.S. company with the capacity to hire and pay an H-1B worker. The employer has to provide documentation, such as a tax identification number, tax returns or financial statements. Website printouts, brochures, photographs of the employer's premises, and any licenses or stock certificates will also helpful.
  2. The employer fails to establish that an employer-employee relationship exists. The relationship must continue to exist with the beneficiary throughout the duration of the requested H-1B validity period. read more about employer-employee relationship
  3. The foreign worker does not have the required education or experience. H-1B occupations usually require the attainment of a bachelor degree or its equivalent in order to enter the profession. Many jobs also require other qualifications such as previous training and work experience. Professional jobs may also require state-issued licenses and professional degrees. read more about H-1B requirements
  4. The offered employment does not meet the "specialized knowledge" requirement. The H-1B visa is designed to be used for foreign workers in "speciality occupations", which require theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor. read more about H-1B occupations
Before the H-1B petition can be filed with USCIS, the employer must fill a Labor Condition Application(LCA) with the Department of Labor. Please use following link to search denied applications:

http://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/SearchLCA.aspx

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This fall might be the best time to look for a job

By Bill at September 13, 2018 03:56
Filed Under: Tips and Features

In the US, recruiting and hiring is year round. However, the busiest hiring season is the fall(Labor Day through Thanksgiving). Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired! 


In September, decision makers are back from summer vacation. Hiring managers push for an increase to take advantage of remaining budget for the year. If they don't hire before January, they might lose the allocated funds for new employees. CEOs also try to reduce operating profits by incurring search fees towards the end of each year, to avoid paying taxes!

The slowest season for hiring and job hunting are the holiday season(Thanksgiving through New Year's) and summertime (Memorial Day through mid-August). That's why the employers want to get new recruits in before December.

In August 2018, the U.S. economy added a strong 201,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate stayed at 3.9 percent, near an 18-year low,

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.0 percent), adult women (4.0 percent), teenagers (13.2 percent), Whites (3.8 percent), Blacks (7.4 percent), Asians (3.8 percent), and Hispanics (5.1 percent) showed little or no change in July.

Economy growth reached 4.2% at an annual rate in the April-June quarter, the fastest pace in four years. Average hourly pay jumped 0.4% in August and increased 2.9% compared with a year earlier. That's the fastest annual gain since June 2009!

Anyway, now is the best time to start job search, take actions now!
  1. Conduct a self-assessment to determine skills and talents, then update your career profile.
  2. Use real time H1B database to conduct market research, and identify employers in need of your skills and talents.
  3. Craft an industry-specific resume and cover letter, and upload them to job candidate database.
  4. Utilize Resume Blasting Service and Smart Apply Service to pitch large number of employers.
  5. Negotiate and evaluate job offers by researching how similar H1B jobs are paid.



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H1-B Visa Cap Exempt Employers

By Bill at July 12, 2018 17:17
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2019 on April 6,2018. However, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

Petitions for new H-1B employment are exempt from the annual cap if the beneficiaries will work at Petitions filed on behalf of current or former H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, also do not count toward the cap. Accordingly, USCIS will continue to process fiscal year 2018 and 2019 petitions filed to:
  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States.
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers.
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.
  • Allow recapture of the time that H-1B workers spent outside the U.S.
  • Change status back to H-1B from other status like H-4 or F-1.
Based on above cap exempt criteria, myvisajobs.com has improved its search function of H1B visa database. Please use following links to search cap exempt employers and H1B visa petitions.




H-1B Visa Filing Checklist

By Bill at March 05, 2018 16:19
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features
U.S. employers are expected to file nearly 180,000 petitions during the first week of April when USCIS begins accepting cap subject H-1B petitions on April 2, 2018.

USCIS has developed detailed information, including an optional checklist, Form M-735, Optional Checklist for Form I-129 H-1B Filings, on how to complete and submit an H-1B petition. Please review carefully.

Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee.

Following are more tips and knowledge about H-1B petition: It is time for you to update your career profile and pitch potential employers now!



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Four Key H-1B Visa Requirements

By Bill at February 18, 2018 15:44
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge
USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B visa petitions on April 2, 2018. Below are the four key requirements you must fulfill to apply for an H-1B Visa.
  1. You must have an employer-employee relationship with the petitioning U.S. employer. more tips
    In general, a valid employer-employee relationship is determined by whether the U.S. employer may hire, pay, fire, supervise or otherwise control the work of the H-1B worker.

  2. Your job must qualify as a specialty occupation by meeting one of the following criteria: more tips
    • A bachelor's degree or higher degree or its equivalent is normally the minimum requirement for the particular position;
    • The degree requirement is common for this position in the industry, or the job is so complex or unique that it can only be performed by someone with at least a bachelor's degree in a field related to the position;
    • The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position; or
    • The nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree.

  3. Your job must be in a specialty occupation related to your field of study. more tips

  4. You must be paid at least the actual or prevailing wage for your occupation, whichever is higher.more tips
    The prevailing wage is determined based on the position in which you will be employed and the geographic location where you will be working (among other factors).
U.S. employers are always looking for skilled foreign workers. They are expected to file nearly 180,000 H-1B visa petitions during the first week of April! Please make sure you polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly


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December Is a Good Month to Apply for a Job

By Bill at November 30, 2017 20:02
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

While employers and recruiters are trying to meet goals, the number of applications drops off!

We strongly encourage you to take proactive actions in December to apply for new jobs and contact visa sponsors directly. Here are the reasons:
  1. H-1B Season: USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B Visa petitions on April 1, 2018. It is only four months away.
  2. Potential Applicants: Applications tend to slow down during the holiday season more than openings do -- tipping the balance in favor of those who do apply!
  3. Company Budget: Hiring managers and CEOs will typically try to reduce their operating profits by incurring search fees towards the end of each year, to avoid paying taxes. They also do not want to lose the allocated funds for new employees.
  4. Recruiter Goals: Recruiters also have yearly performance reviews and goals. They will try to get more applicants in front of hiring managers before the end of the year.
  5. Job Market: Job growth is still very strong. In October 2017, U.S. employers added 261,000 new jobs, the strongest number in more than one year, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1%, the lowest since December 2000.
Following are some actions we suggest you take right away:
  1. Update your contact, skills and resume, so employers can find you and contact you directly.
  2. Be proactive: We are still working on 2018 visa reports. But you can still search 2017 H1B Visa, Green Card, and Wage Determination to find potential employers and pitch them directly.
  3. Be informed: Check E-Verify Employer Database and USCIS Employer Blacklist, so you will not become a victim of visa scam. Bookmark those pages, as we update them regularly.
  4. Be smart: Use our Resume Blast Service and Smart Apply Service to save time and target right employers.



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